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Shots Fired. Madness in Progress.

Michael Winship | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

You've no doubt heard that this doesn't happen in countries like Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada where the gun rules are strict and lives are saved. But here the cycle of death, denial, resistance and madness goes on.

Don't Let Net Neutrality Become Another Broken Promise

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Barack Obama told us there would be no compromise on net neutrality. We heard him say it back in 2007, when he first was running for president. He said it many more times. And defenders of net neutrality believed him.

Watch: America's Mad Dash Toward Oligarchy

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

A new report shows that top CEOs were paid 331 times more than the average U.S. worker in 2013. At the same time, the poorest fifth of Americans paid an average tax rate of 11 percent while the richest one percent contributed half that rate at state and local levels.

Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

Robert Reich | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power that not only harm consumers but also undermine our democracy -- such as the pending Comcast acquisition of Time-Warner.

Repairing Democracy

Rep. Jared Huffman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jared Huffman

We believe there are several reforms needed to fight back against the scourge of unlimited and secretive campaign spending, bring transparency and accountability to the system, and, more importantly, support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

The New Billionaire Political Bosses

Robert Reich | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

In using their vast wealth to change those rules and laws in order to fit their political views, the Koch brothers are undermining our democracy. That's a betrayal of the most precious thing Americans share.

Watch: Who's Buying our Midterm Elections?

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Already, three times as much money has been raised for this year's elections as four years ago, when the Citizens United decision was announced.

Wanted: Modestly Enlightened Very Rich People (MERPs) for 2016

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Short of a mass popular resurgence, how can we break free of this destructive cycle of same-old bought and sold elections and tired rhetoric that ultimately leads to gridlock government?

Anatomy of the Deep State

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol.

8 Ways to Help Overturn Citizens United

Edward Erikson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Edward Erikson

Our government looks less and less like a democracy -- rule by the people -- and more like a plutocracy -- rule by the wealthy.People across the country are taking action. Here are seven ways you can help overturn Citizens United.

Washington's Millionaire Boyz Club

Michael Winship | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

An analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics reveals that "for the first time in history" a majority of senators and representatives are millionaires.

Remember the Clean Elections Act

Edward Erikson | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Edward Erikson

Given its success, Maine should stand out as a paragon for the country to follow. Instead, Mainers are fighting to save their clean elections law.

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

Michael Winship | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.

The Democrats' 'Third Way' Quarrel Could Change Your Future

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Wall Street deregulation shattered the economy. You can't stand with them, support corporate-friendly tax and trade policies, push for "entitlement" cuts with cynical and misleading arguments -- and still claim to be a "progressive" who opposes wealth inequality.

What Tuesday's Election Results Really Mean

Robert Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

Pundits who are already describing the victories of Terry McAuliffe in Virginia and Chris Christie in New Jersey as a "return to the center" of American politics are confusing the "center" with big business and Wall Street.

What's Wrong With America?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Reflecting on the recent shutdown/debt ceiling debacle, the resolution of which is only a few months' respite until the same self-imposed deadlines reappear, you've got to wonder: what's wrong with America?

The Business of America Is War

William Astore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Astore

In the halls of Congress and the Pentagon, it's business as usual, if your definition of "business" is the power and profits you get from constantly preparing for and prosecuting wars around the world.

The IRS Scandal That Wasn't

Michael Winship | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

This is a story about how bureaucratic bungling was turned into scandal by right-wing politicians desperate to spin gold from straw.

Is Economics a Science?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Because economics both poses as a hard science and fails to generate reliable predictions, establishing economic facts is an elusive exercise. Battling statistical analyses come to opposite conclusions on the impact of fiscal stimulus, changes in tax rates, wage mandates, regulations, and so on. Into this void steps money and power, such that today we find ourselves with think tanks staffed by economists who provide their clients with the answers they seek. And since those with the deepest pockets can buy the results that best serve their goals, it is increasingly difficult to generate the wealth of evidence needed to offset market failures, inequities, and even existential threats.

O Little Town of Washington

Michael Winship | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

As was said of Philadelphia's founding Quakers, many may have come to Washington to do good but did well. Very well indeed. Yet with many of them, Leibovich claims, it comes "with a desperation that, to me, is the most compelling part of the Washington story, whether now or before: it is a spinning stew of human need."

Cash and Congress: The Tie That Binds

Michael Winship | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Despite what you've heard, the spirit of bipartisanship in Washington is not dead. Simply look past the vitriol, bombast and gridlock, then listen for the ka-ching of the nearest cash register, made flesh by friendly lobbyists and special interests.

A Viral Movement to #GetMoneyOut of Politics

Edward Erikson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Edward Erikson

The Holy Grail for content producers is that one image, that one video, that one web-comic that captures the salivating, side-cracking, eye-misting audience connection. There is something inherently viral about the circulation of money.

An Impertinent Question

Robert Reich | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Suppose a small group of extremely wealthy people sought to systematically destroy the U.S. government. Would you call this treason? If not, what would you call it? And what would you do about it?

A Corporate Person's Guide to Passing Immigration Reform in the House

Murray Hill Inc. | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Murray Hill Inc.

Just as sections of our roadways are sponsored by local companies and interest groups, naming rights for the wall along our borders should be sold to the highest bidder. But that's just the beginning.

Big Lie: America Doesn't Have #1 Richest Middle-Class in the World... We're Ranked 27th!

Les Leopold | Posted 08.28.2013 | Business
Les Leopold

America is the richest country on Earth. We have the most millionaires and the most billionaire. This opulence is supposed to trickle down to the rest of us, improving the lives of everyday Americans. Unfortunately, it's a lie.